First reflections on the school

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
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Friday, August 21, 2009

Hi to all!
I have been in at the school for the last 2 days - meetings with the Honduran teachers (in spanish) and then just the other volunteers. I have cut out a flower to go onto my classroom wall and I hope tomorrow to stick it up with blue tack (that I brought with me). Tomorrow in the car, we'll take the science and art stuff over too. We have a locked box and someone gave me a padlock too, so hopefully things wont walk! My classroom wont lock though, so I am not sure I can leave many things in there.

The school is a good 30 mins walk each way, and its out of town, so I cant walk on my own. We got a lift back on thursday from a parent; apparently that is very common here! The kids, Madi and I squashed up on the back.

So, I am looking forward to the school starting and meeting all the kids. They are all a happy group (those in this week) and are very positive; I'll have to see how far I can push them academically. The school is so badly disorganised though; no-one knows where the DVD is, so it looks like I will have to play the DVD on my laptop. The main problem is that the screen is so small though.

There are a max of 24 kids in the classes, but it is expected more than that will turn up on Monday. It is such an odd system! everyone is disorganised.

As far as the volunteers go, we are all here; all from the US except me. 3 volunteers left at 24 hours for a combination of reasons.... the last was a great couple from the UK and Australia. We got along really well, but they didn't feel safe at all and also they were promised before they came that they didn't have to teach, so decided it wasn't for them. It is safe in this town, but we'll be careful traveling around. we don't have to carry our passports, just a copy, as that would be the worst thing to lose.

On Wednesday, I decided to move house. The new incoming volunteers were all going to live at the new house, and I decided I'd rather be there (as well as not liking the cigarette smoke). I am sharing a room with Madeline, and we have our own bathroom. The room and bathroom are much cleaner than the other house, and we washed the walls anyway as well as chasing away the cockroaches and large jumping spiders!!! Anyway, they are a thing of the past. The only real problem now is the dogs -they guard the house and there is a tick infestation in the living room (even after the house was fumigated) as well as in the yard. the dogs were cleaned again today, and we have a spray to keep the ticks at bay - I'm just a bit itchy though! We have a small outside space to sit, away from the dogs and out back, we have a washing machine (!!) and some lines. I inaugurated the washing machine today - it is a top loader and you have to put the water in manually from the pila. I will post photos of the new house asap.

So, life is hot and sticky in Cofradia. We are going to cook for ourselves this evening - vegetables! Rice and beans is prevalent here otherwise.

take care everyone!
Jo



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